Posted: 6:00 am Monday, August 18th, 2014
By Todd Holcomb
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in collaboration with GHSF Daily, presented its Super 11 team last weekend. Here are some more interesting tidbits about each player. Special thanks to AJC recruiting reporter Michael Carvell for his help in compiling this.
*Kawon Bryant, North Oconee: Bryant was adopted at age 10 by a former youth-league coach. He is the only member of the Super 11 that might not be called a blue-chip prospect. His offers are from Central Arkansas, Cincinnati, Georgia State and Kennesaw State. Some cite his size – he’s only 5 feet, 9 inches. But he’s gained at least 10 pounds in the offseason and weights 205. Super 11 selections are based on a player’s impact on high school football. The only Super 11 players of the past 10 years who did not sign with a major D-I conference teams when it was not related to academics or misconduct were Donquell Green of Burke County in 2013 (Marshall) and Jonathan Davis of Tucker in 2008 (Central Florida).
*Chuma Edoga, McEachern: Edoga grew up liking Southern Cal football and said upon committing to the Trojans that he’s a “West Coast guy.” Edoga has an aunt and uncle who live in Fresno, so he has family in southern California. Another major reason that Edoga picked Southern Cal was that the school has his intended major, aeronautical engineering.
*Terry Godwin, Callaway; Georgia offered a last-minute basketball scholarship this summer to his sister, Terryuana Godwin. She averaged 4.5 points and 3.1 rebounds this past season at Butler Community College. She briefly had considered giving up basketball and attending a four-year college as a student only before Georgia’s offer.
*Mitch Hyatt, North Gwinnett: Hyatt put his name on the recruiting map with a respectable performance in the 2012 playoffs as a sophomore against Grayson’s Robert Nkemdiche, who was ranked as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect. Hyatt’s uncle played for Clemson’s 1981 national championship team, and the family connections are why nobody else but Clemson was seriously considered by Hyatt.
*Kaleb Kim, Mill Creek: Kim’s father, John, played at Walton and then Gardner-Webb, whose head coach at the time (1983) was current Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. That coincidence had nothing to do with Kim’s choice to commit to Auburn. Kim told the Gwinnett Daily Post that his favorite store is Bass Pro Shops.
*Chauncey Rivers, Stephenson: Rivers transferred from Tucker after his sophomore season. He initially committed to South Carolina but switched to Georgia last February for several reasons, including his friendship with former Tucker players now playing for the Bulldogs. Rivers earned national recognition with his stellar head-to-head performances this summer at a camp against Mitch Hyatt, another AJC Super 11 member.
*Rashad Roundtree, Lakeside (Evans): Roundtree’s father, Richard Roundtree, made history in 2012 by winning an election to become the first black sheriff of Richmond County, which primarily makes up the city of Augusta. The younger Roundtree has shied away from naming any leaders, but it appears to be a close battle between Auburn and Georgia.
*Roquan Smith, Macon County: Smith decided to quit football and focus on basketball after his freshman season. He was playing center and defensive end and wearing jersey No. 68. New coach Larry Harold talked him out of it the spring before his sophomore year by telling him he was an inside linebacker and wide receiver and giving him jersey No. 1.
*Jayson Stanley, Creekside: Stanley was discovered by college recruiters after a dominating performance in last January’s Rising Seniors all-star game with two long touchdown catches. He didn’t have any offers then but quickly became one of the state’s most heavily recruited prospects. His father played running back at Georgia Tech, but the younger Stanley really never considered the Yellow Jackets because of their offensive scheme. Stanley committed to Georgia on Saturday.
*Trent Thompson, Westover: Thompson held the title as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings until July. He dropped to No. 2 after skipping the Nike Opening all-star competition, but Thompson speculates it had more to do with his selection of playing in the Army Bowl over the Under Armour game. Thompson admitted that he almost committed to Georgia at least twice as a sophomore, but he finally pulled the trigger last Tuesday.
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